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Italian Potato and Sausage Soup1 lb Italian sausage (either hot or mild)1 onion, diced3 cloves garlic, minced6 medium red potatoes—scrubbed, halved, and sliced thin4 cups chicken broth1-1/2 cups milk2 cups water1 tsp red pepper flakes1 tsp thyme1 cup heavy cream2 cups kale—deveined and chopped1/4 cup parmesan cheese, gratedSalt and pepper to tasteIn a deep pot over medium-high heat, brown the sausage, breaking it into small pieces with a wooden spoon as it cooks.  Once cooked through, drain any excess fat, then set aside.In the same pot set over medium heat, cook the onion and garlic for 3-5 minutes or until softened.  Then add the potatoes, chicken broth, milk, water, red pepper flakes, and thyme.  Simmer until the potatoes are tender, about 10-15 minutes. Return the sausage to the pot and add the heavy cream and kale.  Cook for an addition 3 minutes, then remove from heat and season with salt and pepper. Serve garnished with the parmesan cheese.Approximate Nutritional Values:  http://restaurant.food.com/recipe/olive-garden-copycat-zuppa-toscana-38298

Italian Potato and Sausage Soup


1 lb Italian sausage (either hot or mild)
1 onion, diced
3 cloves garlic, minced
6 medium red potatoes—scrubbed, halved, and sliced thin
4 cups chicken broth
1-1/2 cups milk
2 cups water
1 tsp red pepper flakes
1 tsp thyme
1 cup heavy cream
2 cups kale—deveined and chopped
1/4 cup parmesan cheese, grated
Salt and pepper to taste



In a deep pot over medium-high heat, brown the sausage, breaking it into small pieces with a wooden spoon as it cooks.  Once cooked through, drain any excess fat, then set aside.

In the same pot set over medium heat, cook the onion and garlic for 3-5 minutes or until softened.  Then add the potatoes, chicken broth, milk, water, red pepper flakes, and thyme.  Simmer until the potatoes are tender, about 10-15 minutes. 

Return the sausage to the pot and add the heavy cream and kale.  Cook for an addition 3 minutes, then remove from heat and season with salt and pepper. 

Serve garnished with the parmesan cheese.




Approximate Nutritional Values:  http://restaurant.food.com/recipe/olive-garden-copycat-zuppa-toscana-38298

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